Applicants must submit a statement of purpose. This should describe prior experience conducting/assisting in research, your reason for wanting a research-oriented degree, potential research topics of interest, and any faculty who teach in the HCC Program who are conducting research that is of interest to you.
While not required, most successful applicants to the PhD program have research experience (often demonstrated through a publication in a peer-reviewed academic venue).
Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a writing sample demonstrating completed research quality.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to include a CV demonstrating their past research, education, and employment accomplishments.
Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation
We encourage applicants to include at least one letter of recommendation that discusses their research experience.
The majority of successful applicants have an undergraduate GPA well above 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale).
All applicants must submit GRE General Test, GMAT, or MCAT scores. While we do not have official cutoffs for these exams, we prefer admitted students to have at least two GRE scores above 50%. In order to achieve this, we encourage students to study for the GRE exam and consider taking the exam multiple times.
All applicants are expected to read, speak, write, and understand the English language fluently. Those whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), unless they have earned a post-secondary degree from an accredited university in the United States.
Admitted applicants must have a combined TOEFL score of 550 (written), 213 (computer based) or 80 (iBT-Internet based), or a score above 6.5 with the IELTS (International English Language Testing System).